There are 6 ways to get from Cardiff to Swansea by train, bus, taxi, car, rideshare or towncar

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  53 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Swansea

$19 - $45

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 5 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cardiff to Swansea 42.2 miles

$5 - $7

4 alternative options

Bus  •  1 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to Swansea, Bus Station (Swansea Bus Station) 202 / ...

$5 - $15

Taxi  •  46 min

  1. Take a taxi from Cardiff to Swansea 42 miles

$150 - $180

Drive  •  46 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Swansea 42 miles

$9 - $13

Uber  •  46 min

  1. Take an Uber from Cardiff to Swansea 42 miles

$90 - $130

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Swansea, Wales?

Great Western Railway operates a train from Cardiff to Swansea hourly. Tickets cost $25 - $45 and the journey takes 53 min. Arriva Trains Wales also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Cardiff to Swansea hourly. Tickets cost $8 - $12 and the journey takes 1 h 15 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Swansea
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$15 - $24
Advanced Single
$17 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$25 - $45
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Swansea
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $29
First Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to Swansea, Bus Station (Swansea Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
nationalexpress.com
New Adventure Travel
Phone
+44 29 2044 2040
Email
sales@natgroup.co.uk
Website
natgroup.co.uk
Bus from Cardiff, Customhouse Street (Old Customhouse) to Swansea, Bus Station (Swansea Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
natgroup.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cardiff to Swansea
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Uber Cardiff
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Cardiff to Swansea
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Signup at
uber.com
uberASSIST
$90 - $130
uberX
$90 - $130
uberEXEC
$110 - $160
uberXL
$130 - $180
Taxi from Cardiff to Swansea
Ave. Duration
46 min
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Cardiff Taxis and Executive Hire
Phone
+44 29 2199 2200
Website
cardifftaxis.com
Cardiff Cabs
Phone
+44 29 2090 9090
Website
cardiffcabs.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cardiff and Swansea is 55 km. The road distance is 67 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Swansea is to rideshare which costs £4 - £5 and takes 1 h 5 min.

The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Swansea is to taxi which takes 46 min and costs £110 - £140.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Swansea. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 53 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Swansea, Bus Station (Swansea Bus Station). Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 15 min.

The train from Cardiff Central to Swansea takes 53 min including transfers and departs hourly.